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The Metropolitan Opera (the "Met") is an opera company based in New York City, resident at the Metropolitan Opera House, located at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.  It is the largest classical music organization in North America . Several operas are presented in new productions each season along with revivals of productions from previous seasons.

The operas in the Met's repertoire consist of a wide range of works, from 18th century Baroque and 19th century bel canto to the minimalism of the late 20th Century. These operas are presented in staged productions that range in style from those with elaborate traditional decors to others that feature modern conceptual designs.

The Met's performing company consists of a large symphony-sized orchestra, a chorus, children's choir, and many supporting and leading solo singers. The company also employs numerous free-lance dancers, actors, musicians and other performers throughout the season. The Met's roster of singers includes both international and American artists, some of whose careers have been developed through the Met's young artists program. While many singers appear periodically as guests with the company, others, such as Renée Fleming and Plácido Domingo, have long maintained a close association with the Met, appearing many times each season.

Post-opera programming is locally produced by volunteer Lane Whitesell

Opera Links

     Austin Lyric Opera www.austinlyricopera.com

     Dallas Opera www.dallasopera.org

     Houston Grand Opera www.houstongrandopera.org/

     San Antonio Opera www.saopera.com

     Santa Fe Opera www.santafeopera.org

     Tulsa Opera  www.tulsaopera.com

     Wichita Grand Opera  www.wichitagrandopera.org

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Soprano Angela Meade (pictured) takes center stage in Saturday’s Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Ernani,” at noon, hosted by KCSC’s Lane Whitesell. Tenors Marcello Giordani and Roberto DeBiasio join all-stars Verdians Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ferruccio Furlanetto in Verdi’s early masterpiece.


Baritone Rodion Pogossov takes the stage as Figaro in Saturday’s Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia at noon Saturday, February 18. Soprano Diana Damrau joins the cast in this masterpiece of comedy within music, one of the first operas to be performed in America. KCSC’s Lane Whitesell will be your host. (photo: Rodion Pogossov)


With its cataclysmic climax, the Metropolitan Opera’s new Ring cycle come to its resolution in Richard Wagner’s Gotterdammerung, presented Saturday at 11 a.m., hosted by KCSC’s Lane Whitesell. The opera stars soprano Deborah Voigt (pictured) as Brunnhilde and tenor Jay Hunter Morris as Siegfried.


This Saturday’s Metropolitan Opera broadcast presents charismatic soprano Anna Netrebko starring in Gaetano Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena,” beginning at 11 a.m. Join KCSC opera host Lane Whitesell for this 3 ½ hour portrayal of the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king. Ms. Netrebko sings one of opera’s greatest mad scenes in this premiere production.


The revival of the Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Puccini’s “Tosca,” will be aired and hosted by KCSC’s Lane Whitesell at noon, Saturday, January 28. Soprano Patricia Racette performs the title role along with Robert Dean Smith as her heroic lover.

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